American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan
This provocative, thoroughly researched book explores the covert aspects of U.S. foreign policy. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott marshals compelling evidence to expose the extensive growth of sanctioned but illicit violence in politics and state affairs, especially when related to America's long-standing involvement with the global drug traffic. Beginning with Thailand in the 1950s, Americans have become inured to the CIA's alliances with drug traffickers (and their bankers) to install and sustain right-wing governments. The pattern has repeated itself in Laos, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Turkey, Pakistan, and now Afghanistanto name only those countries dealt with in this book. Scott shows that the relationship of U.S. intelligence operators and agencies to the global drug traffic, and to other international criminal networks, deserves greater attention in the debate over the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. To date, America's government and policies have done more to foster than to curtail the drug trade. The so-called war on terror, and in particular the war in Afghanistan, constitutes only the latest chapter in this disturbing story.
Introduction: Deep History and the Global Drug Connection Part I: Overview Chapter 1: Sanctioned Violence, the Dominance Machine, and the Overworld Part II: The CIA and Drugs Abroad Chapter 2: Mexico, Drugs, the DFS, and the United States Chapter 3: Operation Paper: The United States and Drugs in Thailand and Burma Chapter 4: Rollback, PARU, and Laos: Preparing for Offensive War Chapter 5: Laos: Financing a War by Drugs Chapter 6: The War on Drugs in Asia: A Phony War with Real Casualties Part III: Deep Events and the Drug Connection at Home Chapter 7: The CIA, the Global Drug Connection, and Terrorism Chapter 8: Inside the War Machine: The Profiteers from Enduring Violence Chapter 9: 9/11 and the American Tradition of Engineered Deep Events Part IV: America and Afghanistan Today Chapter 10: Obama and Afghanistan: America's Drug-Corrupted War Chapter 11: Conclusion: The War Machine and the Deep Politics of Drugs Final Words Bibliography